So we must all pray for one another,
support each other, and never give up.
“Dear children! I am calling you to be generous in renunciation, fasting, and prayer for all those who are in temptation and are your brothers and sisters. In a special way, I am imploring you to pray for priests and for all the consecrated, that they may love Jesus still more fervently; that the Holy Spirit may fill their hearts with joy; that they may witness Heaven and Heavenly mysteries. Many souls are in sin because there are not those who sacrifice themselves and pray for their conversion. I am with you and am |
praying that your hearts may be filled with joy. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Medjugorje September 25, 2017, Monthly Message
I don’t always live up to my vocation. There are times (like now) when praying is a struggle, when I want to run; from what I do not know, but I find it hard to read or to stay awake when I sit down to do Lectio or pray. Even saying the Rosary, which is probably my favorite way to pray is not available to me. So all I can do is to lift up my heart in silence to the Lord. I so want to control my inner life, but it will not happen. As I age I have found that it is my dark times that I seem to grow, but the fruit of such growth only comes after many years when I become aware of it. Such is the work of grace. In the desert, there is no path, just one foot in front of the other, and learning to be content with that.
We are all tempted, there is no escape from this reality. The moment we turn our innermost selfs towards God we open up areas of our lives that we must choose what to do with its contents. We are called to grow in freedom. The freedom to love and serve and to the inner spaciousness that allows us to seek God even when our energy is low and our hearts seem to be cold. We are called to love God for Himself, yet I still love God for what I can get, I am not yet weaned. So the times of darkness and dryness and even of failure are needed to learn of our dependence on grace, as well as to grow in trust of God’s mercy.
So we must all pray for one another, support each other, and never give up—Br.MD